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World Cup 2014: U.S. vs. Ghana live blog!

5 p.m. ET: Six months of intense preparation have led to this point. On Monday, The United States plays Ghana in its opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The teams have have played each other in the previous two World Cups (Ghana won both meetings), and the Group G clash gives both a chance to start this World Cup journey positively....
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Rays’ Jerry Sands Breaks Bat Three Times On Three Straight Swings (Video)

They just don’t make bats like they used to anymore. In the top of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, Jerry Sands came up as a pinch hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays. With runners at first and second and the game tied 3-3 against the Houston Astros, Sands had a chance to come through in a big way. He did just that, but not before some lumber was destroyed. On a 1-0 pitch from Jerome...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Aaron Dobson Doubtful To Participate In Patriots Minicamp

Aaron Dobson will be playing from behind when he finally takes the field for the New England Patriots during training camp. The second-year wide receiver is doubtful to participate in Patriots minicamp this week after undergoing foot surgery three months ago, a source told MassLive.com’s Nick Underhill on Monday. Dobson’s original timetable for recovery was set for two-to-three...
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Report: Ducks ‘Big-Game Hunting’ For Second-Line Center

The Anaheim Ducks have a huge void at center on their second line, and the defending Pacific Division champions are looking to fill that hole with a top-tier player. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Monday that Anaheim is looking to build a 1-2 punch down the middle with Hart Trophy finalist Ryan Getzlaf. ANA big-game hunting for a C (Kesler/Spezza etc) to play behind Getzlaf. Well...
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Xander Bogaerts Returns To Lineup As Red Sox Open Up Series Vs. Twins

One day after missing a game with flu-like symptoms, Xander Bogaerts returns to the lineup Monday night as the Boston Red Sox welcome the Minnesota Twins to town for a three-game series. Bogaerts will man the hot corner and bat second, while Stephen Drew gets the start for his second straight game at shortstop, batting seventh. With Bogaerts back at third, the hot-hitting Brock Holt...
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Shabazz Napier Brings ‘Hero Or Zero’ Mentality Into NBA Career

WALTHAM, Mass. — For a player associated with so much winning, Shabazz Napier sure talks a lot about failure. Every clutch shot and big play Napier made en route to winning two NCAA men’s basketball championships at UConn was built on innumerable failures that came before it, he insisted Monday. If he now has a reputation as a winner, it is only because he walked away from enough...
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German Coach Picks Nose Before Shaking Hands With Cristiano Ronaldo (Video)

German coach Jogi Löw just wanted to rub it in. Löw’s squad manhandled Portugal 4-0 in their Group G matchup of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday afternoon. Moments after the victory, the coach looked to shake hands with Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, but before Löw stuck out his hand he did a bit of digging around in his nose. ...
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Darryl Sutter Parties Shirtless At Kings Stanley Cup Parade (Photo)

The Stanley Cup was not the only rare thing Los Angeles Kings fans got a glimpse of during their championship parade Monday afternoon. Darryl Sutter’s bare chest also made an appearance as the team rode through downtown L.A., with the head coach celebrating his team’s second Cup in three years in glorious, shirtless fashion. Darryl Sutter going topless for the ladies - http...
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Shabazz Napier: ‘I Bleed Green’ No Matter NBA Draft Fate

WALTHAM, Mass. — Either somebody was messing with the thermostat, or Shabazz Napier experienced every pole of emotion in a matter of minutes. It sounds like it was the latter. Napier, just months removed from leading UConn to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, headlined six 2014 NBA draft hopefuls to work out for the Boston Celtics on Monday. The Roxbury, Mass., native...
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Peter Chiarelli Announces Bruins Will Not Re-Sign Shawn Thornton (Video)

Shawn Thornton’s seven-year tenure with the Boston Bruins has come to an end. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday on BostonBruinsTV that the team has decided not to re-sign the veteran winger, who became a free agent at the end of this past season. “I told him that he was one of the most significant acquisitions we made,” Chiarelli said, “one, for the...
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Mariners’ Logan Morrison Needs Stitches After Breaking Bat During Tantrum

Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison won’t soon forget the temper tantrum he threw during Sunday’s win over the Texas Rangers. And if he does, all he has to do is look in the mirror. After popping out in the fifth inning to complete his third hitless at-bat of the day, the frustrated 26-year-old slammed his bat against the dugout wall, shattering it and sending shards...
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Tony Gwynn Finished Illustrious Career With Multiple Accolades (Photos)

The baseball world received sad news Monday morning with the passing of Tony Gwynn at the age of 54. During his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn compiled impressive numbers. He led the National League in batting average eight times, finishing his career hitting .338. In a strike-shortened 1994 season, he nearly became the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to...
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Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Parade Live Stream (Video)

The Los Angeles Kings are celebrating their second Stanley Cup in three years by parading through the streets of La La Land. The parade starts at 3 p.m. ET but you can check out a live stream below from FOX Sports West, which starts at 2 p.m. ET. Your browser does not support iframes.Filed under: Los Angeles Kings, NESN Staff, NHL, Stanley Cup Final
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Buster Olney Ever So Casually Barehands Jason Heyward Foul Ball (Video)

After years of sitting on the sidelines, Buster Olney got in on the action Sunday night during the Los Angeles Angels-Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field. The ESPN analyst has seen countless web gems in his day, but he pulled off one of his own as he snagged a foul ball off the bat of Jason Heyward during the sixth inning — while holding a notebook on his lap and chewing on a pen...
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Michael Schumacher Leaves Hospital, Out Of Coma After Skiing Accident

BERLIN — Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left a French hospital on Monday and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery. Schumacher “is not in a coma anymore,” his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a brief statement announcing that the German driver had left...
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Portugal’s Pepe Red Carded For Headbutt, Will Miss U.S. Game (GIFs)

Absolutely nothing has gone right for Portugal in their first 45 minutes of World Cup action. What was expected to be a tight matchup Monday afternoon quickly became a rout, as Germany racked up three first-half goals to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room. Making matters even worse for the Portuguese side, though, was a major error committed by defender Pepe in the 40th minute...
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Ghana Rationing Electricity To Watch 2014 World Cup Opener Vs. USA

Millions of fans across the United States will tune in on Monday night to watch the American national team take on Ghana in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Fans in Ghana will be tuning in as well, but not before their country took some rather drastic measures to make that possible. Quartz.com reports that Ghana has been suffering from a power shortage caused by...
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Landon Donovan Pokes Fun At World Cup Snub Again In EA Sports Ad (Video)

Hey, at least Landon Donovan has a sense of humor. Since being controversially left off the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, the U.S. soccer great has not just sat around and sulked — far from it. Donovan already has appeared in a commercial for the Los Angeles Galaxy, his Major League Soccer team, since getting the word from USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann that he would not be going to...
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Aaron Hernandez’s Lawyers Challenge Evidence In Odin Lloyd Murder Case

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked a Massachusetts judge to throw out some evidence in one of three slayings with which he’s been charged. His attorneys are challenging evidence gathered in last June’s killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. They asked a Fall River judge to exclude surveillance video from Hernandez’s...
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Patriots Minicamp Preview: Rob Gronkowski, Alfonzo Dennard Among Players To Watch

The New England Patriots have just three days of minicamp before they can leave Foxboro, throw on some hawaiian shirts and relax for the next month before training camp begins in late July. The Patriots had solid attendance at organized activities, and now it’s time to find out if certain players were skipping those voluntary sessions due to injuries or for other, unknown reasons...
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Shabazz Napier, Dave Dudzinski Bring Local Flavor To Celtics Draft Workouts

WALTHAM, Mass. — The third week of pre-draft workouts for the Boston Celtics opened without the big names of workouts past, but the presence of two players with local ties drew some interest on Monday. Here is a quick look at the players in attendance: Keith Appling, Michigan State (G, 6-foot-1, 185) — It only seems like Appling played in Lansing, Mich., for 20 years, backing...
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Tony Gwynn, Baseball Hall Of Famer, Dies Of Cancer At Age 54

Tony Gwynn, a man regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, died Monday of cancer. He was 54. A Baseball Hall of Famer, Gwynn spent all 20 of his major league seasons with the San Diego Padres, earning 15 All-Star nods, five Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger Awards. He retired in 2001 after racking up 3,141 hits and recording a .338 career batting average,...
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Miami Heat Favorites To Win 2015 NBA Finals Despite Uncertain Future

The era of the Big Three could potentially be over in Miami, but apparently their reputation precedes them. Despite getting dismantled by the San Antonio Spurs in this year’s NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are favorites to win the 2015 NBA Finals at 5-2 odds, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts when free agency...
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Milwaukee Brewers Dress Up As ‘Wranglers And Rappers’ On Road Trip (Photos)

The Milwaukee Brewers got into the Halloween spirit a few months early this weekend. After finishing up a home series with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, the Brewers headed to the airport for a flight to Arizona for their upcoming series with the Diamondbacks. But instead of wearing normal clothes on their flight to Phoenix, the Brewers decided to fly in style. Most of the team,...
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Germany-Portugal Live: 2014 World Cup Title Candidates Clash In ‘Group Of Death’

11:30 a.m. ET: The 2014 FIFA World Cup’s “Group of Death” kicks off Monday with a meeting between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nove in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Before a ball was kicked this summer in Brazil, both teams were considered to be among the contenders to win the World Cup. Germany is one the favorites due to its wealth of talent and experience, while Portugal...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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